"To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle, require creative imagination and marks real advance in science." -Albert Einstein
There is a paradigm shift in biological research to use computers, software tools and computational models in a large scale. Using informatics in interpreting biological data holds great importance and is presently emerging as a major element in contemporary biology and biomedical research.Bioinformatics Centre (BIC) [http://www.boseinst.ernet.in/bic] of Bose Institute which was established with such a vision is approaching 25th year of its foundation since 1988 as a DIC. In 2004, it was recognized as a Centre of Excellence in Bioinformatics by the Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Government of India. To celebrate its past achievements and to set its vision for future, the department is organizing a National Conference entitled "Conference on Informatics & Integrative Biology (CIIB-2011)" to be held in Kolkata during 14th-16th December 2011.
This conference will provide a unique platform for scientists/experts from academia and industry nationwide to catalyze the networking between the branches of computational biology and bioinformatics and to facilitate the amalgamation of the complementary scientific efforts in the academia and industry to achieve common scientific goals. This three-day event will feature lectures from the leading academic/industry experts and poster sessions for budding researchers.